What's On

Tuesday 4 & Wednesday 5 July, €10 per day

Aerial Workshops with Outside the Box Circus

as part of Ennis Street Arts Festival 2017

Aerial workshops for children and adults, where participants will have the opportunity to explore and learn aerial and acrobatic circus skills.

11am - 12.30pm: Ages 5- 9
1.30pm - 3pm: Ages 10 -13
3.30pm - 5pm: Ages 13+

Please note that workshops are 90 minutes in duration

Tuesday 4 July, 12.30pm - 1.30pm, €10

Balloon Modelling Workshop with Deirdre Carmody

as part of Ennis Street Arts Festival 2017

Have lots of laughs making fun balloon creations such as balloon fish, ducks, penguins, flowers, swords and more.

Friday 7 July, 10am - 5pm (with 1 hour break), €80 (includes entry to Puppet film at 7pm on same day)

The Language of Things: Master Class for Puppeteers

as part of Ennis Street Arts Festival 2017

With Chris Green from New York

The Language of Things is an intensive master class for puppeteers, choreographers, actors, performance artists, media practitioners, animators and creative people of all experience levels who are interested in the narrative and non-narrative possibilities of material-based storytelling.
Chris Green has more than 25 years of combined experience in the world of professional puppetry, material theatre, and kinetic design. Through his master classes, he will try to develop a visual vernacular that communicates across linguistic, political, and cultural boundaries.

Friday 7 July, 7pm, €10

Puppet – A Film by David Soll

as part of Ennis Street Arts Festival 2017

Ireland Premiere followed by Q&A with David Soll

Dir: David Soll  |  America  |  2010  |  74 Mins  |  Cert: 12

Puppet is a fascinating study of American puppetry’s fraught history, from its marginalisation as children’s theatre to its sudden explosion in popularity as high art.

David Soll’s film tracks the making of New York puppeteer Dan Hurlin’s production Disfarmer, based on the life of eccentric, Depression-era Arkansas photographer, Mike Disfarmer whose stunning body of work was very nearly lost forever.

Puppet from David Soll on Vimeo.

Saturday 8 July, 11am in ther glór café, Free event

Festival Breakfast Club

as part of Ennis Street Arts Festival 2017

The Festival Breakfast Club will bring artists and audiences together to discuss and explore aspects of this year’s Ennis Street Arts Festival’s theme - Culture and Identity. This event will be hosted by Mistress of Ceremonies and Festival artist, Áine Phillips.

Tea & Coffee provided.

Saturday 8 July, 12pm - 5pm, Free of charge

Game Over by Ana Colomer

as part of Ennis Street Arts Festival 2017

Game Over is an interactive art installation by Ana Colomer and Coder Dojo Ennis.

It is a game at development stage that invites the player to become part of the so called refugee crisis, trying to survive a journey with multiple obstacles and levels. The player starts in Aleppo, where it’s raining bombs, goes through a raging sea, runs from police with batons along a barbed wire fence, and navigates obstacles.  Chances of survival are minimal.

Children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult. 

Parental Guidance advised. Content may upset young, or sensitive children.

Saturday 8 July, 2pm & 5pm, €10/€35 (Family 4)

Caterpillars, presented by Kallo Collective (Finland)

as part of Ennis Street Arts Festival 2017

Ireland Premiere

For ages 4+ |  Duration: 45 Mins

Caterpillars is a magical show featuring a swaying sea of bright giant flowers, flitting butterflies, jumping eggs and two enormous plump caterpillars. In direct contrast to the vibrant fantasy world, two lycra-clad puppeteers try their hardest to remain invisible and at service to their puppets. Unfortunately they aren’t very good and they are often caught out in the wrong place at the wrong time.

Caterpillars is an amusing and colourful show accessible to all.

Sunday 9 July at La Vita Hair & Beauty Salon, 71, O’Connell Street, Ennis, 3pm & 4.30pm, €15

In Good Hands

presented by glór in association with Ennis Street Arts Festival 2017

Take a seat, would you like a cup of tea, a magazine while you're waiting? Don't worry - you're In Good Hands, a small hair salon on the Ennis Road in Ballybracken where people come for the cut and stay for the chats.

Performed in a working hair-salon, we invite you to join hairdresser Julie and her chatty client Lisa for a 60-minute interactive appointment of original songs and stories celebrating everyday intimacy, loneliness and our human need to connect.

Thursday 10th August at The Marquee , 7.30pm, €20

Café Style Concert.

part of the Feakle Festival

An intimate café style concert of music and song. Ticket price includes a glass of wine and a sample of  local artisan food.


Lily O’Connor and Rosa Carroll accompanied by Eoin O'Neill: Lily is a young talented concertina player and harpist from Ballygriffey near Ennis. Rosa is a gifted fiddle player from Feakle. They have been playing music together since the ripe old ages of 10 and 11.  They will be accompanied by Eoin O’Neill a bouzouki player from Clare (though originally from Dublin, he's now fully integrated in the Clare session scene) who won the MÓRglór award in 2015. He is a gifted musician, and great promoter of traditional Irish music.

Out the Gap: an exciting young musical ensemble featuring Kevin Carey, Amy McNamara, Gearoid McNamara, Pamela Queally and Colm Slattery. Coming from Counties Clare and Tipperary and recently repatriated from Chicago, there is a wonderful mix in this group. Combining many different influences and playing traditional Irish music just for the pleasure of it.

Helen Hayes and Katie Greene: Local traditional singer Helen is joined by her daughter Katie. Katie sings from a varied repertoire including traditional and sean-nós as well as putting a unique interpretation to many contemporary songs.

Therese McInerney and Brian Donnellan: Therese is a fiddle player, singer, teacher and composer from Miltown Malbay, Co. Clare who will be joined by local talented musician Brian Donnellan on concertina and piano. 

Jack Talty and Cormac Begley: Jack and Cormac carry a wealth of musical heritage from west Clare and west Kerry respectively. The masterful weaving of regional styles inherent in their duet playing, ranging over five octaves, has defined their inimitable and unmistakable duet sound. The combination of baritone and concert pitch concertinas allows a creative and playful freedom to explore a variety of tones and colours.

Danny O’Mahony and Liz Kane: Danny is a traditional musician from Ballyduff in North County Kerry. Danny’s is considered to be one of the finest accordion players with a musical style that is expressive and deeply personal. Liz is a much respected fiddle player from North Connemara. One half of the dynamic duet The Kane Sisters, Liz continues to forge a career as a dynamic musician and music teacher. Liz and Danny are true virtuosos of the tradition with masterful playing of music full of personality, from lively dance tunes to lamenting heartfelt airs.


Friday 11th August in St Mary's Church , 7.30pm, €30

Music Recital

part of the Feakle Festival


Mary MacNamara Sorcha Costello and Geraldine Cotter:
Mary’s style of music is deeply set in the mellow rhythm and swing of east Clare. Her daughter Sorcha Costello has been playing music with Mary since before Sorcha can remember. Sorcha has inherited much of the east Clare style and while, like her mother, she has been acclaimed mostly as a solo musician both combined recently to release a duet album “The Lady’s Cup of Tea” described by Frankie Gavin as “Sincere, hypnotic and an overall delight”.  Mary and Sorcha will be accompanied by Dr. Geraldine Cotter. Geraldine Cotter is a tin whistle and piano player, teacher and researcher, currently lecturing in Mary Immaculate College, Limerick. Geraldine is in great demand and she has recorded on over 20 albums including her solo album.

Cherish the Ladies with Don Stiffe:
Under the leadership of the dynamic and irrepressible flute and whistle champion, Joanie Madden, Cherish the Ladies create a performance that includes a spectacular blend of virtuoso instrumental talents, beautiful vocals and captivating arrangements. The band will be joined by special guest Don Stiffe. Don is one of the most recent singer/songwriters to emerge on the Irish Folk Scene.

Martin Hayes & Dennis Cahill:
Martin’s soulful interpretations of traditional Irish music are recognised the world over for their exquisite musicality and irresistible rhythm. He has toured and recorded with guitarist Dennis for over twenty years. Dennis has created a guitar style with a very precise use of rhythm and subtle use of harmonic colourings that amplifies the mood and power of the melodies in new and innovative ways.

Saturday 12th August in the Community Hall , 7.30pm, €20

Gala Concert

part of the Feakle Festival

Gala Concert featuring: 

The Brian Corry Band: Local musician Brian Corry (Whistles/Vocals), who learnt from East Clare legend Mary MacNamara has been playing since the age of five. Brian loves to put feeling and drive into his music which can be heard through his tremendous whistle playing with subtle hints of his jazzy soulful style. 

Laura Griffey, Ada Kenny and Eva Kenny:  talented step dancers from Kilfenora.

Seán Garvey: Seán is from Cahersiveen, Co. Kerry, and has long been considered as one of Ireland's finest traditional singers, singing in both Irish and English.  He is also a highly accomplished player of guitar, flute and tenor-banjo.

Ryan Young and Dennis Cahill: Ryan is an emerging young fiddle player from Scotland - one of a 'new wave' of young players bringing fresh and inventive ideas to traditional Scottish music. Ryan's fiddle playing is brimming with fresh melodic ideas. Ryan will be joined by renowned guitarist Dennis Cahill.

Andrew MacNamara, Karen Ryan and Pete Quinn: Andrew and Karen first met and played music together at the Feakle Festival in 1991. Over the 25 years since then, they’ve played together on and off in Feakle, Galway and London. They have recently been joined by Karen’s husband, Liverpool pianist Pete Quinn, and the trio have played some high-powered sessions as part of the Feakle Festival at Pepper’s Bar each August.

The Raw Bar Collective: The band members are Conal Ó Gráda (flute), Benny McCarthy (accordion) and Dave Sheridan (fiddle), Nell Ní Chróinín (sean nós singer),) and Colm Murphy (bodhrán), With a refreshingly uncluttered approach to playing, this ensemble present a vibrant and excitingly earthy style of Irish Traditional music. 

Friday 22 September, 5pm, Free of Charge

Culture Night: Pádraig Rynne, Elaine Hogan & Tara Breen

as part of Culture Night 2017

  • Pádraig Rynne – Concertina
  • Elaine Hogan - Harp
  • Tara Breen - Fiddle

In a Culture Night treat, glór presents a stellar line-up of musicians for an early evening performance. Pádraig Rynne is a virtuoso musician, prolific composer and is regarded as one of the finest concertina players in Irish music today. With a passion for experimenting with diverse genres, Pádraig is recognised for his refreshing explorations into the Irish Tradition and beyond, and he has founded and worked with some of the most exciting ensembles in the music scene today.  Harpist, Elaine Hogan is trained in both the classical and traditional genres, and has toured extensively, playing alongside many extraordinary musicians.  The line-up is completed by Tara Breen, a highly talented multi-instrumentalist who has played with The Chieftains both at home and abroad, and also tours regularly with Galician piper Carlos Núñez.

Please note that while tickets for this event are free, pre-booking is required as capacity is limited.

Tickets booked online will be subject to a €3 booking fee levied by our third party ticketing provider.